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Employer spotlight: Keebler Co.'s Murray bakery

Business calendar
Tuesday and Thursday: How can you Avoid Pitfalls to Your Financial Future?; free estate and financial planning seminar; by attorney Aubrey C. Rhodes, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call (706) 724-0405 or (803) 279-6303 for information and reservations.

Stocks fall in light session; Dow posts eighth weekly gain
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrials posted their eighth straight week of gains - and the biggest two-month advance in more than 15 years - despite a day of modest declines Friday, as investors opted to cash in some quick profits.

Relax and open wide
ATHENS, Ga. - What do you call a dentist's office that offers all the amenities of a spa? Give up? Appreciated - at least by customers.

Federal agencies try to lure grads
ATHENS, Ga. - Finding employment feels like winning the lottery these days, so a boom in federal government jobs may attract college graduates who would have looked toward the private sector in more prosperous times.

United's stock dives on fears of imminent bankruptcy filing

United's stock dives on fears of imminent bankruptcy filing
CHICAGO -- The increased likelihood of a bankruptcy filing by United Airlines prompted a heavy sell-off of its stock Friday, even as management made a last-ditch effort to rescue an urgent cost-cutting plan.

On the move
David Moore and Ken Talbert of The Talbert & Moore Financial Group have joined The MONY Group as representatives for the MONY Life Insurance Company and MONY Securities Corporation.

Business briefs
ORLANDO, Fla. - The health of Florida's $50 billion tourism industry is going to be determined as much by Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida as by Mickey Mouse or Shamu in the coming months.

Minority consumers prove to be viable targets
Hispanic, black and Asian-American populations are growing at seven times the rate of the general market.

Stocks fall in light session; Dow posts eighth weekly gain

Federal agencies try to lure grads

Selling Christmas trees can be tough seasonal work
Toby Brown was at the back of his father's Christmas-tree lot when he saw a truck speed off with one of their trees.

Arkansas stuns LSU
LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas players looked to each other for support, holding hands on the sidelines as No. 18 LSU seemed poised to capture the Southeastern Conference West Division title on Friday.

Arkansas stuns LSU

Arizona State tops Arizona

Arizona State tops Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. -- One of the top passing teams in college football beat its archrival the old-fashioned way - by running the ball.

Gators, Seminoles ready for Turmoil Bowl

Gators, Seminoles ready for Turmoil Bowl
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- They used to play each year with a chance for a national championship at stake. This time, they play simply to earn a month of peace and quiet.

William Who?

Anti-Semitism taught

Prove them wrong

There are crafty ways to use your leftovers
The benefit of hosting the annual Thanksgiving feast definitely is the leftovers. But after your 10th turkey sandwich, what seemed a blessing begins to look like a bane.

North Augusta tour stop shows holiday charm
When Cal Berry bought his house 11 years ago, it was the location and 5 acres of land that interested him. As one of eight stops on the North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes, the house is the main attraction.

West Lake house embraces spirit of the season
Al and Carla Ramsey have their West Lake home all decked in classic holiday decor, inside and out.

In the know
Hide the lasagna: Garfield is returning to the daily comics page, beginning Monday. The footloose feline received strong support from readers of all ages after Garfield was dropped in our test strip tryout for November.

Ex-boyfriend's hostility is uncalled for
Dear Carson: My ex-boyfriend and I were at a dinner party where everyone was seated at one table. I had an out-of-town guest with me and not only was my ex hostile to me, but surly and rude to my guest. He obviously made a very poor impression on her and now that my ex and I have gotten back together, she continues to disapprove of him. Is there anything I can do or say to rectify this situation? - Vex at Ex

Party pics
Andrea Kho (left), Larry Millen and Christine Crookall of the Augusta Symphony provided the amb

Home front
The last thing you want to think about with the holidays and company coming is clogged drains, but give it some thought.

Arts calendar
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Southern wins via shutout
STATESBORO, Ga. - They're supposed to be too young to know about business as usual.

Jackets out to prevent a repeat
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech linebacker Recardo Wimbush has not-so-fond memories of last year's Georgia game, and is determined this year will be different.

Yellow Jackets stumble badly in lopsided defeat
ATHENS, Ga. -- The struggles of P.J. Daniels epitomized a forgetful day for Georgia Tech.

Jackets out to prevent a repeat

Daly won't be fined over Australian PGA outburst

Woods, Mickelson together again in Skins Game

Daly won't be fined over Australian PGA outburst
COOLUM, Australia -- John Daly will not be fined for his outburst during the second round of the Australian PGA, where he refused to sign his scorecard and was disqualified from the tournament.

Member dispute divides public
Americans are evenly divided over whether Augusta National Golf Club should have female members, and three-fourths say Tiger Woods should play in the Masters despite the dispute, an Associated Press poll found.

Golf roundup
INDIO, Calif. - Phil Mickelson was in the bushes three times, took himself out of the hole twice and even hit one shot right-handed. Thanks to one good swing, he was the biggest winner on the first day of the Skins Game.

Woods, Mickelson together again in Skins Game
INDIO, Calif. -- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson don't play practice rounds together. They never have played with or against each other in exhibitions like the World Cup or the Battle at Bighorn. If they have lunch together, it's usually by accident.

Lincoln County blanks Landmark Christian

Defense assures victory

Patriots take risk, lose big

Gators run wild into final

Screven County stays alive

Wildcats dominate the Raiders

North Augusta lives up to billing

Thanksgiving Classic results

Wildcats dominate the Raiders
All week, Laney coach Eric Parker told his team - and anyone else else who would listen - that Northeast-Macon was a big-time team with big-time players.

Defense assures victory
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Any hint of doubt that crept into the minds of the Washington County players and coaches was erased in one crucial defensive play.

Brentwood wins title
CHULA, Ga. - The Tiftarea Academy Panthers dominated most of the second half Friday night against the Brentwood War Eagles. However, Brentwood put together one late scoring drive and it was enough as the War Eagles took the GISA Class AA state title with a 14-9 win over the Panthers.

Prep football scores
Scores from Firday's prep football playoff games.

Bulldogs escape into round three
THOMSON, Ga. - The Bulldogs slowed down Ware County's passing attack long enough to advance to the third round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

Lincoln County blanks Landmark Christian
FAIRBURN, Ga. - Gavin Williams rushed 17 times for 156 yards and the Red Devils shut out the high-scoring War Eagles for a spot in the Class A quarterfinals next week.

Gators run wild into final
LAKE VIEW, S.C. - Lake View used a powerful rushing attack and a dominating defense to beat Blackville-Hilda 21-6 and capture the Class A Lower State championship Friday night.

Westside dreams go south
Westside's seniors walked around the Shamrock Bowl in a daze Friday. The Patriots lost 41-16 to Dublin, their season finished in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.

Patriots take risk, lose big
DUBLIN, Ga. - Tony LeZotte had to make the gamble, even though his team was losing by just four points.

Screven County stays alive
SYLVANIA, Ga. - All week long, Screven County coach Mark Daniel warned his team against looking past Peach County in the Class AAA playoffs.

The really important news comes across the family table
I like the Thanksgiving holiday because it brings families together. When families get together, you learn things.

Agrees with writers about Corps

Augustans missed good opportunity

Affluent Americans can save jobs

President is no conservative

Slapshots
Roanoke Express forward Jason Jaffray has scored at least one point in eight straight games and leads all ECHL rookies in scoring with 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists.

Lynx continue to make changes
Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie called the team he inherited three weeks ago "a mess," and he hasn't been afraid to do a little housecleaning.

ECHL notebook
One of the allures of the East Coast Hockey League is the chance to watch raw young talent chasing a dream one day, then see it fulfilled on ESPN a few years later.

Lynx lose shootout on road
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Andrew Long's goal gave the Columbus Cottonmouths a 2-1 shootout victory over the Augusta Lynx in an East Coast Hockey League game Friday night.

Lynx GameNight
Pensacola Ice Pilots at Augusta Lynx When: 7:35 tonight

Loss closes book on tough month for Lynx
Goodbye, November. And good riddance.

Father wants children to get visit from Santa

Erosion tears at beach despite lack of storms

Shooting injures officer, suspect

Meter readers look forward to scooting

To retailers, it's like Christmas morning
Rosalba Edwards did what all Christmas shoppers dream of - doing all her shopping, start to finish, in one day.

News you can use

Thurmond's father taught him at an early age to help others
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Strom liked to ride.

Across Georgia
DECATUR -DeKalb County police shot and killed a man early Saturday who had abducted his ex-girlfriend and led police on a chase around Atlanta.

Pupils' harvest will help Corps land
It takes a trained eye to find bushy beard blue stem. Just ask Megan Roach.

Across the area
A suspect in the shooting of a Richmond County sheriff's investigator remained in critical condition Saturday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Father wants children to get visit from Santa
A Martinez father is struggling to make Christmas memorable for his wife and children.

Troops endure 5-day journey to Kuwait camp
SHANNON, Ireland - The deployment for Operation Desert Spring in Kuwait almost became Operation Irish Spring for 291 Georgia soldiers from Fort Stewart.

Taking one for the team
Delmonica Gardenhire takes blood from Wes Ford during the Georgia vs. Georgia Tech football blood drive at Shepeard Community Blood Center.

Holly Days opening weekend brings heavy traffic to retailers
The first installment of Aiken's seventh annual Holly Days was a big success in downtown Aiken, according to some business owners who said they were glad for the extra boost in sales.

Deployed soldiers miss taste of home

Salley may have enjoyed its final Strut
SALLEY - America can have her apple pie. The folks of Salley would rather have chitlins.

Looking at Thurmond's lifetime of service
AIKEN - Jimmy Stewart's character, a man who does what he thinks is right and sticks to his word, got to see in his own lifetime the fruits of his sacrifices in the movie It's a Wonderful Life.

Sanford proposes overhaul
South Carolina Gov.-elect Mark Sanford says part of his plan to restructure government includes ending the state Legislature's role as Big Brother and empowering local governments.

Taking one for the team

Alleged gunman remains critical
A suspect in the shootings of a Richmond County sheriff's investigator and another man remained in critical condition Saturday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Event will honor AIDS victims
In observance of World AIDS Day, a special presentation is planned for Sunday in downtown Augusta.

Critics question block scheduling
ATLANTA - Throughout the 1990s, one of the hottest trends in education was block scheduling, but now it's exam time for the concept.

Across Georgia
THOMASVILLE - Four people were killed in a two-vehicle accident Thursday after a car crossed the center line and struck a sport utility vehicle, witnesses said.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the inventor of the leaf blower. Groundskeepers everywhere are busy covering our shiny cars and trucks with a protective layer of dust and leaves. Couldn't it suck, or does it have to blow?

What shoppers say
What people were saying about area shopping on Friday:

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Kingstree man who lost control of his sport utility vehicle was one of at least three people killed on South Carolina roads during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, state Highway Patrol says.

Erosion tears at beach despite lack of storms
BEAUFORT, S.C. - It doesn't take a hurricane to hurt Hunting Island.

Sparse crimes attract officers
Hephzibah Police Officer Gary Weaver said small-city police officers are no different from a Richmond County sheriff's deputy or a Georgia State trooper.

County hires outside attorney

Young says he will stay the course
Mayor Bob Young isn't concerned that his popularity during the past four years has seemingly diminished by thousands of votes.

Advice for seniors

Police arrest man in slaying
An Augusta man was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with the Friday night shooting death of a man who lived in his apartment complex.

Spirit of Christmas shines in Aiken

News you can use
DEC. 1, 1902 The regular monthly meeting of tonight's Augusta City Council will apparently avoid a planned protest.

Collectors crave Thurmond items
COLUMBIA - Collectors are going crazy for Strom Thurmond memorabilia as the oldest and longest-serving U.S. senator prepares to retire in January.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ralph Gunter Sr.

Critics question block scheduling

Across the southeast
ELKTON, Ky. -Four more Amish and Mennonite schools have failed to comply with health codes for refusing to install running water and a septic system for outhouse toilets, a county health official said.

Fans pay tribute to star from Waycross

Event will honor AIDS victims

To retailers, it's like Christmas morning

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Donald McGahee.

Across Georgia

Salley Chitlin' Strut's future is in question
This may be the last year chitlin' lovers will be able to strut their stuff, and about the only ones happy about the prospect are the swine.

Zoning ordinance is unfair, brothers say
As children, Roger Kight remembers his older brother Jimmy Kight looking out for him.

Across the Southeast
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -New federal legislation on public school reform is high on the agenda for a meeting in Chapel Hill next week with Education Secretary Rod Paige and governors from at least seven states.

Across South Carolina
CHESTER -A 13-year-old boy accused of shooting his grandparents to death and burning their house down a year ago remains in a juvenile detention center with no trial date set.

Subscriber of the day

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with knocking out his roommate's right front tooth Thursday after an argument at their Richmond Summit apartment, a sheriff's report states.

What shoppers say

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the inventor of the leaf blower. Groundskeepers everywhere are busy covering our shiny cars and trucks with a protective layer of dust and leaves. Couldn't it suck, or does it have to blow?

Deployed soldiers miss taste of home
KUWAITI DESERT - Try as they might, the Army's Thanksgiving Day in the desert just wasn't home.

Spirit of Christmas shines in Aiken
AIKEN - A short ceremony was held in downtown Aiken on Friday night for the holiday season's tree-lighting.

Coroner confirms homicide
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Tybee Island resident Joni O'Shaughnessy died within minutes of circulatory collapse after being suffocated, the Chatham County coroner ruled this week.

Senate offices in Aiken to close
AIKEN - As office manager Elizabeth McFarland begins packing up Sen. Strom Thurmond's things next week, she'll do so knowing that constituent service might never be quite the same in the Aiken area.

St. Nick will pay visit to patients
SAVANNAH, GA. - A century ago, one man's sadness on Christmas gave birth to a Savannah tradition.

Shooting injures officer, suspect
A suspect in the Friday night shooting of a Richmond County sheriff's investigator was clinging to life after the officer he shot returned fire.

Fans pay tribute to star from Waycross
WAYCROSS, Ga. - A lot of people from Waycross, the late Gram Parsons' hometown, probably never heard of the influential musician.

Quarrel ends in gunfire; 1 dead
An Augusta man was killed after an argument with another man at an apartment complex late Friday night.

County hires outside attorney
WINDER, Ga. - The part-time Barrow County commissioners who were sued by their chairman have hired former Georgia Attorney General Michael J. Bowers to represent them, though the county has insurance that would cover commissioners' legal expenses if they used the insurance carrier's attorney.

Across the area

Advice for seniors
The Georgia Legal Services Program staff will offer free legal advice to senior citizens from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. Dec. 11, at the Bessie Thomas Senior Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown.

Father is arrested in teen's beating

News you can use
BACK IN TIME NOV. 30, 1912 Ed Graves, about 18, who has quite a checkered career in the criminal courts of this county for petty larcenies, was tried before Judge W.F. Eve yesterday morning for stealing three chickens. The jury deliberated for only a few minutes before returning a guilty verdict, and a sentence of eight months was imposed by the court.

Salley Chitlin' Strut's future is in question

Meter readers look forward to scooting
The first time Billy Clayton saw one, he was hooked.

Senate offices in Aiken to close

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the Southeast

Mother wants special gifts for children
A young Augusta mother seeks help for the holidays.

Police get little help in search for shooter
Three men were shot outside a packed Waffle House on Friday morning, but police were having trouble finding the shooter because of uncooperative witnesses, authorities said.

Zoning ordinance is unfair, brothers say

Father is arrested in teen's beating
An Augusta father was arrested Friday after being accused of beating his 13-year-old daughter and making her hold a heavy phone book at arm's length for long periods of time.

Coroner confirms homicide

Yellow Jackets understand importance of the rivalry
ATHENS, Ga. - The national hysteria over the inherent dangers of vandalizing goal posts should not be an issue at Sanford Stadium this afternoon.

Senior's presence inspires Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Nowhere in the stat sheets is his name mentioned or his contribution reflected, but David Jacobs was a big part of Saturday's victory against Georgia Tech.

Jordan to step away for good - or so he says

Jordan to step away for good - or so he says
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Jordan's first retirement began in October 1993, the second in January 1999. Neither stuck, of course.

Lady Pacers' ex-coach gets off to strong start
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball.

Augusta State pulls inside job for win
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell told his post players to take advantage of their inside game. In the second half, the Jaguars listened.

Area rivals look for first victory
Here's the good news about tonight's Peach Belt Conference opener between Augusta State and USC Aiken: someone will finally win a game.

Jaguars find a new rival
Ernesia Wideman and Tameika Bridges jumped up and bumped their chests together in celebration at midcourt following the biggest shot in Wideman's Augusta State career.

College basketball scores
PAINE 89, LANE COLLEGE 83

Mr. Henry Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Hood    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Wade Courtney    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Mary Cooke    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Dr. Jasper Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mr. Harry Cooke    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Gy. Sgt. Billy Mobley    (COVINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Fuller Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Miss Janie Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Barney Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Butler    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. George Tucker    (HOPKINS, S.C.)
Mr. Hugh Brown, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mr. Wade Courtney    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Brooks Sr.    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucy Ferguson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Brayboy    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Jimmie Holbrook    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosa Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Jackson    (BELVEDERE, SC)
Mr. Samuel Dyches    (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)
Mrs. Arlease Lee    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Teddy Dye    (CORDOVA, S.C.)
Mr. Ollie Pruitt    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Dyson Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jimmie Holbrook    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mr. Emory Farmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Phillip Supples    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Benjamin Bagley    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Allen    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Barefield    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Ms. Mary Humphrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. C. H. Bolt    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Martha Burns    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Blanchard Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorma Bowden    (GREER, S.C.)
Mrs. Myra Freeman    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mr. Barney Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Daniels    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lucy Ferguson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Dicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Emory Farmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Camille Lonergan    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Myra Freeman    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mr. David McConaughey    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Golden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Montgomery    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Fred Nied    (AIKEN, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Howard    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. George Ramsey    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Howard Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Elizabeth Sanders    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Kinsey    (DECATUR, Ga.)
Mrs. Cloree Schumpert    (WARD, S.C.)
Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Sellers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David McConaughey    (EVANS, Ga.)
Rev. Donald Slate    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Marshall Robinson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Miss Althea Smith    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Sellers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Vester Simonton    (EVANS, Ga.)
Ms. Ora Sims    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Thildwonda Smith-Douglas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Althea Smith    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Marion Stevens    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Marion Stevens    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Ms. Elisa Swint    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Jones Tomlin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Thomas Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Roderick Williams    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Jones Tomlin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Yvonne Badger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Pierce Walker    (WARTHEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Norma Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertha Watkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Wenetque Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Hugh Brown, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga)
Mrs. Jewel Mariotti    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Phillip Supples (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myra Freeman (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. C. H. Bolt (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Barney Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Harry Allen (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Arlease Lee (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Emory Farmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Althea Smith (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Gy. Sgt. Billy Mobley (COVINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Holzendorf (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Marshall Robinson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Howard (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Jimmie Holbrook (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Norma Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Jasper Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Mrs. Vester Simonton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorma Bowden (GREER, S.C.)

Mrs. Yvonne Badger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Tucker (HOPKINS, S.C.)

Mr. William Jackson (BELVEDERE, SC)

Mr. Howard Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dicks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. David McConaughey (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Kinsey (DECATUR, Ga.)

Ms. Ora Sims (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Brown, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga)

Mr. Ollie Pruitt (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Burns (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Ferguson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Daniels (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Wilmotine Lenon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Affluent Americans can save jobs
Often, when we think of those in spiritual need, we think of the poorest of citizens and those who have been disenfranchised. Roy Ellis, Augusta

Time to fill up
While the more fortunate among us gear up for a merry, fun-filled holiday season, let's not forget our needy neighbors who have fallen on hard times.

Anti-Semitism taught
There's reason to believe that the twin attacks against Israelis in Kenya Thursday were inspired, if not coordinated by, al-Qaida terrorists or their allies.

De-fund lobbyists
Mark Sanford won't take office as South Carolina's governor until Jan. 15, but he's already sending signals that his campaign talk of cutting back on state spending wasn't just to get votes.

Agrees with writers about Corps
I read with great interest both Jerry Clontz's letter of Nov. 12, "Proposal for Thurmond Lake levels," and Bob Cipperly's letter of Nov. 19, "Why don't area officials care about the lake?" I agree with both gentlemen. Kenneth Koone, Lincolnton, Ga.

Qualified teachers
There's some good news on the education front. Both Richmond and Columbia County school systems report all their teachers have met the standards of President Bush's No Child Left Behind education reform package.

President is no conservative
I don't understand how a president can take an economy that is strong enough to produce - at long last - a surplus then, through excessive spending and huge tax cuts, turn the surplus into a deficit while still calling himself a "conservative," as he did on TV. Richard Amundson, Augusta

Who pays cost of election investigation?
Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, was quoted in the newspaper as not wanting a new election because of the close count on Nov. 5. I think what he really wants is to be declared winner of the election on Nov. 5. J. Chester Marsingill, Augusta

William Who?
How quick the glory fades. Thankfully, when a broadcaster in England polled the country on exactly who its greatest citizen in history was, Winston Churchill won handily. No one else was even close.

Why not unisex all sports?
Let me state that I do not hate women. I love my mother, wife and daughter. But people like Martha Burk and the National Council on Women's Organizations, who do not like the way others live and play, need to mind their own business. Lloyd Johnson III, Washington, Ga.

Augustans missed good opportunity
On Election Day, Augusta-Richmond County voters missed a good opportunity for the city of Augusta concerning the mayor's race. Pam Meyer, Hephzibah, Ga.

Prove them wrong
A year ago, when it became clear that market forces and evildoers would do more damage to the economy than we ever dreamed of, President George W. Bush and this newspaper, in our own ways, urged Americans to take steps to protect the economy.

IOC puts off decision on deleting sports until after 2004

Overtime

France, Russia even at Davis Cup

France, Russia even at Davis Cup
PARIS -- Yevgeny Kafelnikov hardly helped his big plans to retire from tennis as a Davis Cup champion.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga., 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
Michael Green of Augusta finished second in the American Junior Golf Association's Callaway Golf Junior All-Star Series Championship on Saturday in Championsgate, Fla.

France nears second straight Davis Cup title
PARIS - With its resilient doubles team buoyed by a crowd pounding ThunderStix, France closed in on a second straight Davis Cup title.

Overtime
Redskins linebacker Jeremiah Trotter has a torn ligament in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

IOC puts off decision on deleting sports until after 2004
MEXICO CITY -- Baseball, softball and modern pentathlon are staying in the Olympics, for now at least.

Local hunters can participate in venison drive
Georgia's "Hunters for the Hungry" program brought in 396 deer during its first collection weekend Nov. 9-10, but the drop-off sites were too far away for most Augusta-area hunters to participate.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

It's an ideal time for bluegill
My friend Rick stopped by the other day to fish in the little pond behind my house.

Quarles' father still knows best
The two faced each other four times last year at the junior varsity level, and the father prevailed in three of the contests.

Thanksgiving Classic results
Eighth annual Thanksgiving Basketball Classic at Richmond Academy Friday

Prep basketball scores
Scores from friday's prep basketball games.

North Augusta lives up to billing
North Augusta wasted little time showing the Augusta area why it is ranked No. 1 in the South Carolina Class AAAA preseason poll.

Prep basketball scores
Ninth annual Thanksgiving Classic at Richmond Academy

Vick, Falcons don't want to be Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS - Michael Vick was a sophomore in his final year at Virginia Tech when Daunte Culpepper had his NFL coming-out party.

African choir sings praises
Sam, a child of Uganda, motherless, fatherless, once slept in a mud hut with a leaky straw roof. His only food for months was the bananas his grandmother cooked for him and his two sisters.

Women's lives changed in a flash
A bolt of lightning cut through an overcast sky one August afternoon in 1983 in a Thomson, Ga., parking lot and enveloped Renee Smith and her two children in wavy neon strands of raw electricity.

Priestly path
Franklin Thomas will receive a Bible, a pectoral cross and the vestments of a priest during his ordination at Christ Episcopal Church.

Obeying Christ is crucial in achieving victory
Having pastored churches for more than 20 years, I have observed the lack of victory in the lives of many Christians. One would think that these Christians don't realize that we don't strive and pray toward victory, rather, we strive and pray from victory. Victorious Christian living is possible now, thanks be to Calvary and the empty tomb.

Faith digest
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow/Push Coalition with national headquarters in Chicago, will preach at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1223 Laney-Walker Blvd.

Religion calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadl

Robot is fun but not very useful - yet
The ER1 personal robot won't make coffee, pick up the newspaper, vacuum the floors or even walk the dog. With prices starting at $599, it seems most adept at emptying wallets.

MCG Doctor aims to convert bad fat
Steffen E. Meiler has pulled off an impressive feat of biological alchemy.

Critics fear Comcast's new muscle could hurt Internet offerings
PHILADELPHIA -- Its purchase of AT&T Broadband completed, Comcast Corp. now finds itself with unprecedented power to shape the future of Internet access in the United States.

Officials find high West Nile risk
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Teams of Chatham County mosquito control workers went door-to-door in a midtown Savannah neighborhood last week, dumping water from pots and looking for standing water under homes after county health officials discovered an elevated risk of West Nile virus there.

Downloads force universities to grapple with speech, copyright issues
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- With each mouse click, Mathias Crawford moves deeper into a virtually limitless library of free movies, TV shows and DVDs.

Georgia notebook
ATHENS, Ga. - It was clear from the start that Georgia tailback Musa Smith wasn't going to take long to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark in Saturday's 51-7 thrashing of Georgia Tech.

Rivalry's meaning is unmatched

Buzzer-beater downs 'Dogs
MINNEAPOLIS -- After letting a late lead slip away in five of its losses last season, Minnesota was thrilled to finally win a close one.

Bulldogs swat Yellow Jackets
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia may not get a spot in the national title game, but the fifth-ranked Bulldogs sure played like champions Saturday.

Georgia can't get caught looking ahead against Yellow Jackets

Georgia can't get caught looking ahead against Yellow Jackets
ATHENS, Ga. -- Normally, Georgia doesn't have any trouble getting excited to play Georgia Tech.

Rivalry's meaning is unmatched
ATHENS, Ga. - About an hour before kickoff today, Mark Richt and Chan Gailey will meet for a midfield chat at Sanford Stadium.

South Carolina hangs on for win
COLUMBIA - Chuck Eidson scored 16 points and became South Carolina's all-time steals leader in a 71-56 victory over Appalachian State on Saturday night.

South Carolina tops South Carolina State
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina got 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists from guard Chuck Eidson and the Gamecocks survived a determined run by South Carolina State in the second half to beat the Bulldogs 82-65 Friday night at the Carolina Center.

Downloads force universities to grapple with speech, copyright issues

Robot is fun but not very useful - yet

Obeying Christ is crucial in achieving victory

Religion calendar

Women's lives changed in a flash

Priestly path

African choir sings praises